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Retro Cool Bowling

Bowling coverBowling
Burton
1973

Submitter: It is important for us to provide information on pastimes and hobbies for our students’ leisure time. Which is why this bowling book from 1973 is a great choice. There’s nothing kids today like better. Inexplicably, it has never circulated. Perhaps we should leave it on the shelf to give it a chance to find its audience?

Holly: I’m not sure why there are so many old bowling books hanging around in libraries. Every single one of them has groovy fashion and represents a time when bowling was the hip, cool thing to do. Or, at least, it must have been seeing as how so many titles were published on the subject in the early 70s. It’s fine to have bowling books, but represent the current decade, at least! Now they have cosmic bowling¬† with black lights and automatic scoring. Sounds much cooler to me!

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Boots and Forceps

Boots and Forceps coverBoots and Forceps
Price
1973

Submitter: Would you have guessed this came out in 1973?

Holly: I had to look this one up. There’s a book review that makes it sound quite nice! Anecdotes from a country vet, maybe like James Herriot’s books. The stories seem to be quite old, though, since the book reviewer mentions the Dust Bowl and cavalry horses. I would not have guessed 1973, but much older. If it still circulates where you live, there’s nothing really wrong with it, but if interest has waned, you can probably clear up some shelf space by weeding this one.

 

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Home Filing Made Easy

Home Filing Made Easy coverHome Filing Made Easy!
Martin and Martin
1997

Oh good, everyone loves filing! Everyone reaaaaally loves easy filing! This book is certainly easy to follow, since there is so little mention of technology. Just stick your papers in folders and you’re good to go! To be fair, it does talk about fire proof boxes and an indexing system for easy retrieval. Not everyone is blessed with a librarian’s cataloging brain. (Should I file separately under auto insurance and health insurance or together under insurance, auto and insurance, health? Ok, it’s a blessing and a curse.)

As usual, this book is just old. These days, a home filing system has to acknowledge scanning, shredding, software options, apps, and uber-heightened security against identity theft. This 20-year-old book isn’t good enough.

Holly

 

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